Thursday, November 11, 1999

Bauer comes home today for TV ad


Veterans speech also on schedule

BY PATRICK CROWLEY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWPORT — Gary Bauer returns to his hometown today to make the first television commercial of his presidential campaign.

        Mr. Bauer, who is seeking the GOP nomination in the 2000 election for president, will film the commercial at the Park Avenue home where he grew up and where his mother still lives, said Tim Goeglein, a campaign spokesman.

        “We're filming a biographical ad in Newport, and Gary wanted to return to his boyhood home for that,” Mr. Goeglein said Wednesday from the campaign's Arlington, Va., headquarters.

        Mr. Goeglein would not say when or where the campaign ad will be shown. Mr. Bauer has, however, been campaigning frequently in New Hampshire and Louisiana, sites of early presidential primaries next year.

        Since Kentucky does not hold its primary until May, the ad is not scheduled to air here any time soon, Mr. Goeglein said.

        Mr. Bauer will also speak during Veterans Day ceremonies at 11 a.m. at the Newport City Building. A statement from the campaign office said Mr. Bauer's late father, Stanley “Spike” Bauer, was a Ma rine and served in the South Pacific during World War II.

        Wednesday, Mr. Bauer issued a statement on reports that two of the Army's 10 divisions are unprepared for a major war. He called the report “evidence of the Clinton-Gore administration's neglect of the United States military.”

        “This report should serve as a wake-up call for an administration that has systematically neglected our most pressing national security concerns,” he said.

        “Ronald Reagan and Winston Churchill taught us that a lack of military preparedness invites aggression,” he said. “We cannot allow the lives of our military forces, and indeed the entire American population, to be put at risk by another president who fails to recognize the urgency of rebuilding and maintaining our nation's defenses.”

        Though he has stayed in the presidential race while some better known Republicans, including former Vice President Dan Quayle and Elizabeth Dole, have dropped out, Mr. Bauer still trails far behind GOP front-runner George W. Bush in polling and fund-raising.

       



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